Is Instagram helping public engagement with science?

Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen the daily polls that I’ve been putting on my story. I’m really liking it as a way to get a little bit of insight into people’s opinions on a variety of different topics, from AI to scicomm to podcasts. The one that I found most intriguing… Continue reading Is Instagram helping public engagement with science?

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Introducing: MicroColouring!

Adult colouring books are so popular at the moment. From passing idle Sundays to the newest 'mindfulness' tool, colouring books can solve all problems. Shops are full of them. I'm a big fan. There is something really therapeutic about it. Having said that, not being able to find the 'right' colour for a particular feature does distress… Continue reading Introducing: MicroColouring!

New Scientist Live!

I am writing this on the train, travelling back from one of my favourite science events ever. My friend and I spent the day at London’s ExCeL at New Scientist Live and it was amazing. My partner bought me the tickets months ago after seeing an ad for it in one of my New Scientist… Continue reading New Scientist Live!

CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

I’m a huge bookworm and for my birthday this year I received a copy of A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg. I read it cover to cover in two days. The book is a first hand account of the discovery of CRISPR technology, narrated by one of the researchers who co-invented… Continue reading CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

Empowering Women: The new Superwomen in Science podcast

I have only discovered podcasts quite recently. I was looking for a soundtrack for my walk to and from my placement, stumbled across the TED Radio Hour and was hooked. I started listening to them on my long marathon training runs too; I find that music gets on my nerves once the going gets tough.… Continue reading Empowering Women: The new Superwomen in Science podcast

Insects, Fossils and Lava Coins: Three months with the Yorkshire Museum

I can’t believe my three months at the Yorkshire Museum are up already! It has been so much fun and I have learnt a huge amount about geology, history and how a museum actually runs behind the scenes. Shout out to literally everyone in the curatorial team for being super patient every time I piped… Continue reading Insects, Fossils and Lava Coins: Three months with the Yorkshire Museum

Product excitement!

The giveaway batch of An Anxious Scientist badges was snapped up within a couple of hours. They are now on their way to new homes from the UK to the USA, via South Africa! I was so nervous when I decided to try out the giveaway! What if no one wants one? That'd be embarassing... So it was… Continue reading Product excitement!

Introducing: Snapshot Science

What does a PhD actually involve? This was something that I spent a long time researching before my interviews and what I read was so different to what I'm experiencing now. It took me two attempts to get my PhD place. I applied for a few during the final year of my undergraduate degree but… Continue reading Introducing: Snapshot Science

GUEST BLOG – Heidi Gardner

I am super excited to unveil the first An Anxious Scientist guest blog! Check out what Heidi Gardner has to say about the way that clinical trials are portrayed in the media and what science communicators should be doing to help. Rebecca | An Anxious Scientist Why clinical trials should be at the forefront of public scientific knowledge Public… Continue reading GUEST BLOG – Heidi Gardner

The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR

CRISPR is the hottest name around right now. Standing for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, CRISPR (pronounced 'crisper') is found naturally as part of the defence system that bacteria employ to protect themselves from foreign DNA. It has been hijacked by scientists who now use it as a highly specific gene-editing tool and it seems… Continue reading The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR